How can I care for my teeth/mouth during cancer treatments?
Cancer treatment can cause side effects in your mouth. Serious side effects in the mouth can delay, or even stop cancer treatment. We first recommend a thorough examination and cleaning prior to any treatment beginning.

During your treatment, follow these guidelines:

  • Brush gently and often with an EXTRA-SOFT toothbrush. If your mouth is very sore, you may soften the bristles in warm water first.

  • Floss gently everyday.

  • Keep your mouth moist. Rinse often with water. Don't use mouthwashes with alcohol. You may use a saliva substitute, like Biotene, to help moisten your mouth.

  • Eat and drink with care. Choose soft, easy to eat foods. Avoid spicy, sour or crunchy foods. Avoid alcohol and hot or ice cold beverages.

  • Stop using tobacco.
Take a moment each day to check how your mouth looks and feels. Call us if you notice any changes you're not sure about, if an old problem gets worse or when you first notice a mouth problem.